Located in Miyata city, Nagano prefecture, the Mars Shinshu distillery was initially established in 1995 but closed in 2002 due to soft demand for Japanese whisky – which certainly isn’t the case now! The distillery reopened in 2011 producing a number of blended whiskies under the Mars whisky label. It’s one of the highest altitude whisky distilleries in production globally – positioned on Mt. Komagatake, 798 metres above sea level. Introduced to the market in July 2015, Mars Maltage “Cosmo” is a homage to the distillery’s location, referring to the sky that can be seen at night when looking out from Mt. Komagatake. It’s a smooth and elegant whisky which combines malt whiskies distilled and aged at Shinshu with single malts imported from Scotland. This is actually an unusual practice because Japanese distillers traditionally do not exchange whisky production or blend with other distilleries, as is typical in the blended Scotch whisky industry.
Rich honey in colour. The bouquet shows ripe orchard fruit, berries, nutty & earthy undertone with faint smoke and vanilla. The palate is rounded and rich, buttery, caramel, pear, oak, grass, peppermint. The finish is long and lingering, with fruits such as orange blossom, cocoa, plum and fig.